tv Road to the White House 2020 Sen. Sanders Rally in Madison WI CSPAN April 16, 2019 1:40pm-2:32pm EDT
history. on friday at eight a clock p.m. eastern, we will look back on the shooting and provide some reflection on the tragedy. >> at that time, columbine had never happened. either the parents nor the school counselor -- neither the parents nor the school counselor looked at the issue of a violent paper as something that was indicative of the possibility of some real deterioration in thinking. announcer: watch our special on the 1999 columbine high school shooting friday at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span. next, c-span's road to the white house coverage with vermont senator and democratic presidential candidate, bernie sanders. he held a campaign rally in madison, wisconsin speaking with the voters and supporters for 50 minutes. [applause] [music playing]
thank you,s: madison! out on thisr coming warm, sunny, beautiful afternoon. i was leaving washington this morning and i was wondering, should i take my coat or not? right decision, good. let me thank anthony and leslie for singing the national anthem. [applause] sen. sanders: let me thank the sean michael dargan bands. let me thank james alexander for his remarks. and let me thank sarah tron grown for introducing me. [applause] all, thanks: most of you all very much for coming out to complete the political revolution and transform this country. [cheers and applause]
sen. sanders: i want to emphasize that what this campaign is about is not just winning the democratic nomination. defeating donald trump, the most dangerous president in modern american history. [cheers and applause] aboutanders: but it is all of us, not me, us, transforming this country. that is what this is about. [cheers and applause] weekend, is: this will be not only here in wisconsin, but in indiana, ohio, michigan, and pennsylvania. four years ago, despite losing the popular vote by 3 million votes, donald trump carried all and won enough electoral votes to be elected president.
together, we are going to make sure that that does not happen again. [cheers and applause] we are going to win here in wisconsin come in indiana, we are going to win in ohio, we are going to win in michigan, we are going to win in and together, we are going to win this election. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: obviously, in our country, people have different points of view. here in wisconsin, in my state of vermont and all across the nation, and that is what democracy is about.
you have your point of view. i have mine. but i happen top believe that whether you are a progressive or a conservative or a moderate, you are not proud that today we have a president of the united states who is a pathological liar. and i have talked to many conservatives who hold that view. the president of the united states becomes in many ways a model for the children of this country. and there are very few people who are proud that we have a leader today who lies all of the time. and in fact, he has lied thousands of times since he has been president and when he was on the campaign trail. and of all of the lies little and small that he has told, the biggest lie of all was when he said during the campaign that he was going to defend the interests of the working class of our country and that he was going to take on the powerful special interests to do that.
what a monstrous lie that was. and let me give you just a few examples. as many of you recall here in wisconsin and all across the country, trump told the american people that he would provide health care to everybody. remember that? as president, trump did exactly the opposite. today, under the trump administration, 7 million people have already lost their health insurance and even more frightingly, trump vigorously supported an effort to repeal the affordable care act and throw 32 million americans off the health care they currently have. [booing]
sen. sanders: and i say to donald trump, trying to throw 32 million americans off their health insurance is not defending the working class of this country. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: during his campaign as many of you will recall, donald trump said, hey, i'm a different type of republican. i'm not going to cut medicare. i'm not going to cut medicaid. i'm not going to cut social security. people like paul ryan would do that. not me. i'm not going to do that. but i want all of you to know and i want the people of wisconsin to know, that trump's budget that he brought forth in march would cut medicaid by $1.5 trillion. cut medicare by $845 billion. and the last two budgets he brought forth would make cuts in social security as well. all of you know that medicaid
covers 2/3 of the nursing home care costs in this country. i want you to think about the families in wisconsin, in vermont and around the nation who have moms or dads dealing with alzheimer's who are now in a nursing home. when you cut $1.5 million in medicaid, i don't know what happens to those people or the families who are trying to take care of them. cutting $1.5 trillion in medicaid and over $800 billion in medicare, is not supporting the working families of the country. trump promised when he ran for office here in wisconsin, all over the country that the american -- he promised the american people that the rich will not be gaining at all under his tax plan.
remember that one? well, shock of all shocks, that turns out to be a major lie. turns out that over a 10-year period, 83% of all of the tax breaks went to the top 1%. and the result of that -- the result of that is that today we have corporations like amazon, anyone know how much amazon paid in federal income taxes? now, how insane is that that you have a widely popular -- profitable corporation owned by the wealthiest guy in america, not paying a nickel in federal income taxes and that's true for general motors, chevron, ibm, eli lily and other corporations? trump's tax proposals did not benefit working families. the wealthy and
large corporations. during his campaign, trump promised that he would substantially reduce the trade deficit and prevent the outsourcing of american jobs. but since trump has been in the white house, the trade deficit has gone up by $120 billion. and his own labor department certified that 185,000 american jobs have been shipped overseas under his watch. [booing] sen. sanders: during the campaign and i remember the ad he ran. it was a good ad. i, donald trump, we're going to stand up to wall street." remember that? oh, yeah, and we're going to reinstate the glass eagle act. well, trump has certainly stood up to wall street by signing
legislation to deregulate wall street and provide large financial institutions with a massive, massive tax cut. he didn't stand up to wall street. he did the bidding of the large wall street banks. [booing] sen. sanders: trump's tax plan increased bank profits by nearly $29 billion. donald trump, you didn't stand up to wall street. you let your billionaire friends get away with murder. and that's just some of the lies that trump told the american people. and i can't understand why people voted for trump based on what he said. and the reason for that is that in wisconsin and all over this country, there are a lot of people who are hurting. there is a lot of pain out there. people are working two or three jobs.
they're worried about their kids. they can't afford health care. can't afford to send their kids to college. and trump said, the political establishment is not listening to you. i will listen to you. well, the truth is that for too long, the political establishment and congress did not listen to the needs of working families. unfortunately, trump lied when he said that he would listen to their pain. so our job in this campaign is to reach out to working families who are hurting and to work with them, to finally create a government and an economy that works for all of us and not just the 1%. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: that is what the american people want. they're tired of being lied to.
they're tired of seeing the very, very rich getting richer while we have 40 million people living in poverty and veterans sleeping out on the street. [booing] sen. sanders: now, today, i want to welcome you to a campaign which says with confidence, with optimism and with love, that the underlying principles of our government will not be greed, will not be kleptocracy, will not be hatred, will not be lies. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: government will -- the underlying principles of our government will not be racism, will not be sexism, will not be homophobia, will not be xenophobia, will not be religious bigotry. [cheers and applause]
sen. sanders: those are ugly anti-american sentiments, and together, we are going to end all of that. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: the principles of our government will be based on a time honored american belief in justice, economic justice, social justice, racial justice, and environmental justice. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: donald trump wants to divide our country up based on the color of our skin, based on our gender, based on where we were born, based on our religion and our sexual orientation.
what we are going to do and what the american people want is exactly the opposite. we are going to bring our people together. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: black and white, latino, native american, asian-american, gay and straight. native-born and immigrant men and women. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: that is what this campaign is about. it is bringing people together around an agenda that works for all of us. and when i -- when i talk about justice, let me tell you very exactly, very specifically what it means. it means that we will no longer tolerate a nation which has more income and wealth in equality than almost any other major country on earth. and it is worse now than at any time since the 1920's.
now, i know that not a lot of people talk about it in congress and the media doesn't talk about it. but we will not accept a situation in which the three wealthiest families in america own more wealth than the bottom half of the united states. [booing] where 20% of our children are living in poverty, 30 million americans have no health insurance, and yet, 49% of all new income goes to the top 1%. that is not -- [booing] sen. sanders: that is not the america we want to see. justice means that we will no longer see half of the people in our country live paycheck to paycheck. half of the people. do you know what that means? living paycheck to paycheck?
it means that if your car breaks down, you can't get to work. and if you can't get to work, you get fired. and if you get fired, you can't take care of your kids. it means that you stay up nights worrying that your mom or your kid will not get sick and end up in the hospital because you cannot afford to pay the hospital bills. in the wealthiest nation in the history of the world half of our people should not be forced to live paycheck to paycheck. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: and when we talk about justice, we end the absurdity of c.e.o.'s of major corporations earning 300 times what their workers are making. [booing] sen. sanders: and when we talk about justice, we end the situation in which 25 hedge fund managers on wall street make double the amount of money of
all of the kindergarten teachers in this country, 140,000 teachers. can you believe that? 25 hedge fund managers. and when we talk about ending injustice in this country, we are talking about ending the racial injustice that currently exists. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: at a time of overall massive levels of inequality and disparity, the situation is clearly much worse for black families. it's not acceptable to me or to you that african-american families own .1 of the wealth of white families, that infant mortality rates within the african-american community is two and a half times that of white communities. so when we talk about justice, we are talking about ending institutional racism in all of its form all over this country.
[cheers and applause] sen. sanders: and let me say a word to the young people of our country. at a time when we have experienced an explosion in technology and a huge increase in worker productivity, we will no longer accept a situation in which for the first time in the modern history of our country, the younger generation if we don't turn it around will have a lower standard of living than their parents. [booing] sen. sanders: younger people are leaving school deeply in debt. they can't find affordable housing. they have less social mobility. now, i've got four kids and seven beautiful grandchildren.
downward mobility is not acceptable to me. and it's not acceptable to the american people. this campaign is about moving people up not down. [cheers and applause] sen. sanders: but it is not just a fight for economic justice that we are waging. we are also waging a fight to end the corrupt, political but it is not just a fight for economic justice that we are waging. we are also waging a fight to end the corrupt, political system which allows the rich to get richer at the expense of everybody else. [cheers and applause] now, i have a very radical idea. you want to hear a really
radical idea? audience: yeah! sen. sanders: now, the right-wing media is going to go nuts on this one. i believe, and i'm saying it right here, in one person, one vote. now, how radical an idea is that? and that means that we're going to end a political system which allows billionaires to buy elections. [cheers] we are going to overturn this disastrous citizen's united supreme court decision. [cheering and applause] and we are going to move toward public funding of elections. [cheering and applause] because i want more people to be participating in the political process. and i don't care what your views are. if you want to run for office, you're progressive, you're conservative, whatever you are, you should be able to run for
office without begging wealthy people for campaign contributions. [cheering and applause] i want to say another word about democracy. i have run for office in the state of vermont on many occasions. sometimes i've lost more often i've won. but i can tell you the bottom of my heart, it has never ever occurred to me nor do i think the vast majority of candidates in this country to figure out a way about how we could keep people from voting who might be voting against us. so i say to those cowardly republican governors who are working overtime to suppress the vote, to make it harder for people of color or poor people or young people to vote, what i say to them if they are afraid
to participate in free, fair and open elections, they should get the hell out of politics and get another job. [cheering and applause] now, a few years ago when i was here in wisconsin -- and by the way, wisconsin, thank you very much for the support you gave me in 2016. [cheering and applause] we won a great victory here. but all of you will recall, you'll all recall that here in wisconsin and wherever we went around the country, the ideas that we brought forth four years ago were considered by the political establishment and by the media establishment ideas that were radical that were extreme, that were ideas that nobody in america supported.
well, i think it's fair to say that things have changed over the last four years. [cheering and applause] i want you to remember this. when we talked about raising the minimum wage to a living wage, the establishment said, too radical. and when we dared say that health care is a human right, too radical. and when we talked about investing a trillion dollars to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure and create up to 15 million good-paying jobs, we were told that it was -- audience: too radical. sen. sanders: and i was asked on a national tv debate and the
moderator said, well, tell me, what do you think the major national security country -- facing the country is? and there are many of them. and i think the person thought i would say isis or al qaeda. and the answer i gave was climate change. [cheering and applause] well, four years ago, that was a radical idea. it ain't a radical idea today. four years ago when we talked about criminal justice reform, we talked about ending the war on drugs an legalizing marijuana. [cheering and applause] and we were told, oh, my god, too radical an idea. well, state after state is doing just that finally. and when we talked about reforming our broken criminal justice systemnd that those ideas were too radical as well and here is another idea that four years ago
seemed so, so radical. and that is how could you possibly run for president of the united states without having a super pac and begging billionaires for campaign contributions? [cheering and applause] and here is one more idea which does not appear quite so radical today. four years ago we talked about ending power of super delegates at the democratic national convention. [cheering and applause] if anything happen in four years. the 21 other states that we won and the 13-plus million votes that we receive and the fact that we ended receiving more votes from young people than trump and clinton combined --
[cheers] what all of those showed is that those ideas were not radical ideas, they were common sense american ideas that the american people supported. [cheering and applause] and today, four years later, those very ideas are supported by democratic candidates from school board to president of the united states. in other words, we have made real progress in transforming the political debate in america. people now understand that those ideas are not radical. but those ideas are exactly what we need in our country. [cheering and applause] and let me tell you today exactly what the agenda is that i am running on for president.
so today, we say as straightforwardly as we can through the private health insurance companies that whether you like it or not we are going to end the international embarrassment of the united states being the only major country on earth that does not guarantee health care to all people as a right. [cheering and applause] we will no longer accept the absurdity of spending twice as much per capita on health care as the people of any other country while we have lower life expectancy rates than other countries and worst health care outcomes than other countries. in america if you're sick, you should be able to walk into a
doctor's office. in america, if god forbid you end up in a hospital, you should not have to worry about going bankrupt. [cheers] so yes, we are going to take on the hundreds of millions of dollars spent by the health care industry and we will pass a medicare for all single payer program. [cheering and applause] [crowd chanting "bernie"] sen. sanders: now, let me tell you something -- let me just tell you something. this is not going to be an easy fight. and i want you to know this is not just another piece of legislation that's going to get passed inside the beltway. that's not the way it happens.
i look at health care and medicare for all in exactly the same way that i looked at the labor movement when millions of workers stood up and fought back and said they were sick and tired of being exploited. i look at medical for all in the same way as i look at the civil rights movement where african-americans and their white allies said together we are going to end racism and segregation and jim crow in america. [cheering and applause] and i look at health care as a human right in the same way as i look at the women's movement where women stood up and fought back and said we will not be second class citizens. [cheering and applause] and i look at medicare for all in the same way as i look at the struggles of the gay movement when the gay community said we are sick and tired of being discriminated against and we will love whoever we choose
regardless of their gender. [cheering and applause] my point is that the fight for medicare for all, the fight for health care is a human right. it's a struggle that has got to take place at the grassroots level because you will say, my kids are entitled to health. my disabled friends are entitled to health care. and every american is entitled told health care. care.health when millions of people stand up, believe me, the united states congress will hear them. [cheering and applause] and when we talk about health care, we are talking about taking on the greed of the pharmaceutical industry who are
charging us by far the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. [jeers] now, you want to hear about a dysfunctional health care system. all right. i'll tell you. [laughter] now, this is really crazy stuff. and that is that last year, the five major drug companies made $50 billion in profits. the c.e.o.'s make outrageous compensation packages. and yet one out of five americans cannot afford to fill the prescriptions that their doctors write. just think how insane that is. people go to the doctor. they're sick. the doctor writes a prescription. they can't afford to fill it. so we are going to tell the pharmaceutical industry that we in this country are not going to pay anymore for prescription drugs than the people of other countries which means we're going to lower prescription drug
prices by 50%. [cheering and applause] and today we say to wal-mart and we say to mcdonald's and other low wage employers, pay your workers a living wage. [cheering and applause] people cannot make it on $8, $9, or 10 bucks an hour. in america if you work 40 hours a week, you should not be living in poverty. [cheering and applause] now proud that together we have pressured amazon and disney to raise their minimum wage to 15 bucks an hour. [cheers] and six states in the united
states have already passed legislation for a $15 an hour minimum wage. and a few weeks ago, the united states house of representatives, education and labor committee passed reported out legislation to raise the federal minimum wage to 15 bucks an hour. \[cheers and applause] we have come a long way in four years, but we need a mass movement to make sure that nobody in this country is working in starvation wages. when we talk about priorities in america, we should not be proud of the fact that in america we have the highest rate of childhood poverty of almost any major country on earth. and we have a childcare system that is out of control.
if you are a working parent, you have the right to know that your kid is in a quality pre-k program and that the staff is paid living wages. [cheering and applause] and that is why we understand that the early years of a human development from 0-4 are the most important, intellectually and mentally. that's why we're going to implement universal affordable pre-k. [cheering and applause] and here is another idea that four years ago was considered to be radical. ain't so radical now. and that is that in the united states, we know we are living in a competitive global economy. we need to have the best educated workforce in the world. [cheering and applause] good jobs require a good
education and that is why we are going to make public colleges and universities tuition-free. [cheering and applause] how many of you are dealing with student debt? all right. together, we are going to substantially lower student debt. [cheering and applause] here in wisconsin, the average student debt is $30,000 per graduate. that is pretty crazy. if you go to medical school or law school it's a lot higher than that. so if the united states congress in its wisdom could bail out wall street for a trillion dollars, you know what i think, i think we can substantially lower student debt in this country. [cheering and applause]
and today, we say to donald trump and the fossil fuel industry that although it may not seem at this moment, climate change is not a hoax. and the truth is as i think all of you know that climate change is an existential threat to our country and the entire planet. and together we are going to take on the lies and the greed of the fossil fuel industry. [cheering and applause] you know what they remind me of? some of you may have known that 50, 60 years ago, the tobacco industry was telling the american people that cigarettes were not harmful. you don't know that? and as a result of that, millions of people including my own father died. people smoked two or three packs
of cigarettes. and there were these ads on television, hey, cigarettes were not harmful. the tobacco companies held up their hands. we have no evidence to believe that tobacco is harmful. they lied. and the fossil fuel industry, their scientists know it. they know that what the scientists tell us that if we do not significantly and aggressively cut carbon emissions according to the best scientists in the world, there will be irreparable harm to this planet within the next 10 years. we have a moral responsibility to our children and our grandchildren to leave them a planet which is healthy and is habitable -- [cheers] and we are going to transform our energy system away from fossil fuel to energy efficiency and sustainable energy.
and when we do that, we are going to create millions of good-paying jobs. [cheering and applause] and today we say to the fossil -- today, we say to the prison industrial complex -- [jeers] that whether they like it or not, they are no longer going to make money by locking up fellow americans. [cheering and applause] we are going to bring about long overdue real criminal justice reform. [cheers] this is america. we should not be having more people in jail than any other country on earth. we should not be spending $80 billion a year locking up people in this country. instead of spending $80 billion
a year on jails and incarceration, we are going to invest in our young people in jobs and education. [cheering and applause] and when we talk about criminal justice reform that means no more private prisons or detention centers. [cheering and applause] no more war on drugs. no more keeping people in jail because they are too poor to afford cash bail. and when we talk about criminal justice, we're going to change a system by which millions of people now have criminal records because of possession of marijuana while the c.e.o.'s on wall street who destroyed this
economy, who created a situation in which millions of people lost their homes, their jobs and their life savings, those crooks, not one of them, not one of them went to jail. we're going to change that type of system. [cheering and applause] we believe in equal justice under the law. if you're wall street executive and you break the law, you pay the price. and today, we say that instead of demonizing the undocumented immigrants in our country, we're going to pass comprehensive immigration reform and a path towards citizenship. [cheering and applause] we're going to provide legal status to the 1.8 million people eligible for the daca program. [cheering and applause] and we're going to develop a
humane border policy for those who seek asylum. [cheering and applause] no more snatching babies from the arms of their mothers. and today we say to the military industrial complex that we want a strong defense, but we do not need to spend more than the next 10 nations combined. we are going to invest in affordable housing. we're going to invest in public education. we are not going to invest in never-ending wars. [cheering and applause] and by the way, i'm happy to tell you -- i'm happy to tell you that the house and the senate recently passed a resolution using the war powers act successfully for the first time in 45 years to end u.s.
involvement in the saudi-led intervention in yemen. [cheering and applause] and that is just the beginning of getting congress to retake its constitutional responsibility on issues of war. and today we say to the 1% in profitable corporations, people have never had it so good that under our administration we're going to end the massive tax breaks and loopholes that they currently enjoy. [cheering and applause] we're not going to accept the situation when major profitable corporations pay zero in taxes. the wealthy and large corporations will start paying their fair share of taxes. [cheering and applause] now, when i use the word -- we use the phrase "us, not me," that is not just a good bumper sticker.
it is a good bumper sticker but it's more than that. and this is what it means and maybe the most important point i want to make and something very few candidates will tell you, and that is that no president, not bernie sanders, nobody else, no matter how well intentioned that person may be, no president of the united states can do it alone because the power of the establishment, the power of wall street, of the insurance companies, of the drug companies of the corporate media of the prison industrial complex, of the military industrial complex, these people have unlimited amounts of money, and they have incredible power. so when we use the phrase "us, not me" what it means is that we need to engage in an unprecedented grassroots effort in which millions of people stand up and they look around
them and they say, you know what, this status quo is not working for us. it may be work for billionaires. -- working for billionaires. it is not working for us. and if we stand together and if we don't allow trump and his friends to divide us up, we can take these folks on and we can defeat them. [cheering and applause] and what we do in the white house together is we create a federal jobs guarantee. you want a job in america? you will have a job because there is more than enough work to be done. [cheering and applause] when we are in the white house, we're going to do what the american people want, and that is end the epidemic of gun violence. and pass common sense gun safety legislation. [cheering and applause]
when we together are in the white house, we are going to protect a woman's right to control her own body. [cheering and applause] you know, i get a more than tired of hearing my conservative friends and my conservative colleagues in the senate saying, get the government off of the backs of the american people. they tell us about small government. let the american people do what they want. deregulate everything. well, if you believe in small government, if you believe in getting the government out of your lives of the american people, then you must support a woman's right to control her body, not the federal government. [cheering and applause] not the federal government, the state governments or the local government.
brothers and sisters, we are in a pivotal moment in world history. there's a growing movement toward authoritarianism and oligarchy. there is a growing movement toward racism and bigotry. >> it's going on not only until the united states where we're seeing an increase in hate crimes where we have a president who is trying to win cheap political votes by demonizing minorities. that is what is going on. and what this election is about is whether we strengthen democracy or whether we move toward oligarchy. it's about whether we bring our people together or we have national leadership that tries to divide us up.
it is about whether we have grassroots activism or whether we have billionaires who continue to control the economic and political life of the nation. in my view, if we are prepared to stand up to trump and his desire to divide us up, if we understand we cannot allow him to demonize minorities, to demonize undocumented immigrants, if we understand that there is no such thing as a blue state or a red state, but that in every state in this country, working people are struggling to take care of their families. if we are prepared to roll up our sleeves and get involved in the political process, if we are prepared to do all of that, at the end of the day what we know
is that the 1% may have unlimited amounts of money. and they may have an enormous amount of power. but at the end of the day, the 1% is 1%. [cheering and applause] and i may not be a great mathematician, but the 99% is a lot more than the 1%. [cheering and applause] so brothers and sisters, we are fighting for the future of this country. we're fighting for democracy, to protect our children and our parents. we are fighting to preserve the planet. this is no time for anybody to be talking about being depressed or in despair. now is the time to get to work. not is the time to transform this country. now is the time to win this election. thank you all very much.
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